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superlazy  [Member]
12/22/2010 4:34:26 PM EST
Doc says I have a bilateral break and is worried it could shift.

I fell a week ago. when is this going to heal? He wants my on OXY! not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have now used up 5 days of sick and already had vaca, planned for the rest of the year.
Ugggg

Before anybody asks! I am not over weight but over 40
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Sique  [Member]
12/22/2010 4:35:45 PM EST
If you were under 40 it would have healed by now. Over 40 and it will start to feel better in a few years.
thebeekeeper1  [Site Staff]
12/22/2010 4:35:49 PM EST
Typically––months.
conservahaulic  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 4:53:52 PM EST
I fell a few months ago and only bruised a rib and it hurt like @%$* for 3 to 4 weeks. So I guess you are gonna for a while longer....
AZspirit  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:00:52 PM EST
Broke eight ribs years ago under 40 hurt worse than the shattered wrist and broken hip. shallow breaths man shallow breaths
TC6969  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:01:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.

If then!
badlnb  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:04:32 PM EST
I cracked three ribs on my left side back in 1998 when I fell 20 feet off of a roof. It hurt like hell for a couple of weeks and was back to normal in about a month.
Really I didn't notice the pain in my side as much as I did the pain in my left hip and legs. I landed on my left side on my overloaded tool pouch. It HURT.
kcolg30  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:05:49 PM EST
How do you fix a rib. Does it heal on it's own or does it require surgery?
Freeway  [Life Member]
12/22/2010 5:06:55 PM EST
My dad is a medical doctor and he just broke two ribs. He told me that broken ribs take five weeks to heal. He controlled the pain with Vicadin and Ibuprofen. He said the worst pain was when he was in bed and also when he drove a manual.
Merrell  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:08:00 PM EST
Month or two, depending on age.
HubMcCaan  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:13:43 PM EST
My wife is an athletic trainer with a Master's in Sport's Medicine and she said 8 to 10 weeks, wrapping is not always a good thing because it can lead to pneumonia, and use lots of anti-inflammatory's and lots of ice - basically life is gonna suck for 2-3 months at least. If you have any questions she'll be more than happy to help.
otar  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:14:22 PM EST
87 days
victorgonzales  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:15:38 PM EST
cracked three when i was 17. hurt for about two months..
jrinfoley  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:18:55 PM EST
I broke four ribs last winter when I fell on icy steps. I took the pain for a couple of days and then went to the ER and got X rays done. I went home with some oxycodone and muscle relaxers. They were my best friend for a few days. Most of the major pain was gone in a couple of weeks, but it took nearly three months to be pretty much pain free.
ar15rabits  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:22:49 PM EST
your gonna feel it for awhile, the pain stops, but for about 2 months if you turn or move just right, you'll feel alittle something, sleeping is misserable, get up every morning, take a long hot shower, makes it easyer to cough, you need to do this.
DamascusKnifemaker  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:24:05 PM EST
I took a drivers door hit in a demo derby that busted up my ribs. It was at least a month before I could get a good nights sleep and breath without pain. It was two more months before I was pain free and able to lift heavy items without sharp stabbing pain in the ribs.
LOW2000  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:25:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.

This.

Was snowboarding, carving toeside and hit a big patch of solid ice, my board kicked out from under me and because my arms were out in front of my body, all of my weight fell straight down on my ribs on the ice. Hurt to breathe for weeks, and was still tender for a couple months and mine were only bruised.
LoganSackett  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:25:10 PM EST
How much stupidity do you have scheduled for the coming weeks? For me, it hurt a lot longer than it normally should have.
Star_Scream  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:25:53 PM EST
take the oxy, be comfortable and youll heal faster


i broke my arm sat night. hurts like a bitch
axl  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:26:33 PM EST
This was from a Humvee - front right tire centered my chest.

Took a while to get over it and broken ribs do hurt, I feel your pain.
superlazy  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:27:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By HubMcCaan:
My wife is an athletic trainer with a Master's in Sport's Medicine and she said 8 to 10 weeks, wrapping is not always a good thing because it can lead to pneumonia, and use lots of anti-inflammatory's and lots of ice - basically life is gonna suck for 2-3 months at least. If you have any questions she'll be more than happy to help.


Ugggg Guess I better call HR tomorrow.

I'm a lineman. I need to at least be able to climb into my bucket

So I guess climbing poles and ladder is out of the question?
sigp226  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:28:30 PM EST
My friend slept in a LaZBoy recliner for a month after he broke two ribs. If you won't take the oxycontin, at least take a shitload of ibuprofen. They sell prescription strength pills with about double the amount of ibuprofen than the OTC pills. Ask your doc how many milligrams you can tolerate for how long, I forget the safe dosages.
NoVaGator  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:30:58 PM EST
broke a few and detached some coastal cartilage a few years ago

still hurts from time to time
Weiseguy  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:31:04 PM EST
I cracked a rib in my 30's and it hurt like hell all winter and some of the spring. Good as new by summer.
FlashHole  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:32:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.


This is the anwer you are seeking. Try not to laugh, cough and especially sneeze.
HubMcCaan  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:32:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By superlazy:
Originally Posted By HubMcCaan:
My wife is an athletic trainer with a Master's in Sport's Medicine and she said 8 to 10 weeks, wrapping is not always a good thing because it can lead to pneumonia, and use lots of anti-inflammatory's and lots of ice - basically life is gonna suck for 2-3 months at least. If you have any questions she'll be more than happy to help.


Ugggg Guess I better call HR tomorrow.

I'm a lineman. I need to at least be able to climb into my bucket

So I guess climbing poles and ladder is out of the question?


She is saying to take 3 Advil and two to three hours later take 2 extra-strength Tylenol and keep alternating between the two all day long. Can you lift your arms over your head? On a scale of 1-10 (10 being bad) what is your pain level just sitting still breathing?

Another_Dude  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:33:45 PM EST
Usually six to nine.







Years.
Firebird69  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:34:58 PM EST
Send me the pain pills if you don't want them
foxherb53  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:36:25 PM EST
Couple months for sure..
toothandnail  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:37:22 PM EST
I hope you have strong core muscles , that will help ALOT to lessen the pain from movement , learn how to tighten them up when moving , of not it's gona hurt like @^*%#@ when you
take a deep breath
get in bed
roll over in bed
get out of bed
laugh
cough
sneeze
pick up stuff
bend
put on shoes
ect.
ect
pretty much doing anything that involves movement

good news probably wiggle your toes and maybe bend your knees painfree

broke ribs 3 times , last time I had to keep it from my wife , cause I broke'em doing something she told me not to do sex just about KILLED me
DamascusKnifemaker  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:37:44 PM EST


She is saying to take 3 Advil and two to three hours later take 2 extra-strength Tylenol and keep alternating between the two all day long. Can you lift your arms over your head? On a scale of 1-10 (10 being bad) what is your pain level just sitting still breathing?



I wouldn't mix Advil and Tylenol without your Dr. recommending it. It can be bad for your liver to mix meds even it they are OTC.
C-4  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:37:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By Merrell:
Month or two, depending on age.


+1

3 to 8 weeks. The ends keep moving every time you breath.

I broke ribs twice. Both times were in the dojo when someone was being an ass. Once on each side. The first week was the worst because when you roll over during your sleep it wakes you up.
JEC  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:38:22 PM EST
With broken ribs....a week of severe pain, a week of annoying pain, then a couple weeks of generally feeling "back to normal".
(Unless you overdo it. Then ya start all over again.)
ARDestructo  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:39:04 PM EST
6 weeks. Ish.
AZsaiga  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:42:19 PM EST
Had one broke in the 80's
before they put skirts on QB's

Hurts like a bitch
drink lots of OJ. you sure as fuck don't want a cold with a cough

in about 4 weeks you should be able to shit with out screaming
DD977GM2  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:42:30 PM EST
If the pain is pretty intense....take the pain meds only when u need them, much eaiser to sleep when using the pain meds.

Expect the discomfort to be there for around 8-10 weeks.
After about a month the pain moves to discomfort and isnt tooo bad.
With that said, people threshhold for pain is diffrent. i have cracked an broken ribs a number of times and each time was
annoying as hell.

Good luck and hope you have a speedy recovery.
Star_Scream  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:44:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By DD977GM2:
If the pain is pretty intense....take the pain meds only when u need them, much eaiser to sleep when using the pain meds.

Expect the discomfort to be there for around 8-10 weeks.
After about a month the pain moves to discomfort and isnt tooo bad.
With that said, people threshhold for pain is diffrent. i have cracked an broken ribs a number of times and each time was
annoying as hell.

Good luck and hope you have a speedy recovery.
Also the oxy will reduce the amount of OTC meds that you take that'll tank you liver

nightdh  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:45:38 PM EST
My pain lasted about 2 weeks IIRC.
superlazy  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:47:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By sigp226:
My friend slept in a LaZBoy recliner for a month after he broke two ribs. If you won't take the oxycontin, at least take a shitload of ibuprofen. They sell prescription strength pills with about double the amount of ibuprofen than the OTC pills. Ask your doc how many milligrams you can tolerate for how long, I forget the safe dosages.


oh I dont want hear that
I am taking. 800 mils 3 times a day and tossing in some Tylenol
I need to go back to work!
Saladshooter1  [Member]
12/22/2010 5:48:09 PM EST
Long ass time. Breaks don't hurt as bad as bruised ribs or muscle tears between the ribs. I am healing on week 1 of about 10 from trying to defy the law of gravity. Laz boy is going to be your friend as is ibuprofen. 2 cracked ribs and intercostal tear.
1MAC  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:49:58 PM EST
Not uncommon to still have some discomfort for up to six months. The worst part is the first month or two.

Don't try to shoot any 600 yard prone matches for a while, it will hurt like hell. Ask me how I know.
Star_Scream  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 5:51:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By superlazy:
Originally Posted By sigp226:
My friend slept in a LaZBoy recliner for a month after he broke two ribs. If you won't take the oxycontin, at least take a shitload of ibuprofen. They sell prescription strength pills with about double the amount of ibuprofen than the OTC pills. Ask your doc how many milligrams you can tolerate for how long, I forget the safe dosages.


oh I dont want hear that
I am taking. 800 mils 3 times a day and tossing in some Tylenol
I need to go back to work!

Not a good long term plan.

Ibuprofen is better than the others but over time you'll end up damaging something
waynzwld  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 6:01:41 PM EST
Depends on the person.
Broke 1 when caving, slick mud, slid into a stalagmite sideways, took a month to heal. Was 47 yo.
Broke 3 ribs caving, slipped on mud after leaving the cave, feet went out from under me laterally, landed perpendicular on a water-proof video camera case.
Heard those crack, had to walk 3/4 mile back to car carrying 50lbs of gear. took a month to heal, was 48 yo.
Last one was this year, had a gate "spring loaded" from a fallen tree on the barbed wire fence. while unhooking the chain & lock of the gate, the hinges let go.
Took a month to heal. 59 yo.

They hurt like hell for 3 weeks then it starts to get better.

Took only some aspirin and one time some OTC Advil.
17Z  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 6:07:06 PM EST
Yep..expect substantial pain for a couple weeks..tapering off after that...probably a couple months or so of pain...if you don't get re-buggered.

No wild sex(especialy a big-un that wants to get on top)..no rodeo bronc busting/bull riding, dirtbikes, football, baseball, sports in general...no picking up heavy shit that puts a load on the frame(transmissions, cylinder heads, case of 7.62nato, etc)...no doing much of anything for awhile.



RED_5  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 6:08:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.


QFTMFT

I thought I would NEVER heal

couldn't sit, stand, laydown, cough, sneeze, laugh, roll over, bend over, twist, etc.... w/o a LOT of friggin pain.


I've felt your pain


doin' ok now... I'm a bit gun-shy doing the same things that brought this on now
phatmax  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 6:12:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By superlazy:
Doc says I have a bilateral break and is worried it could shift.

I fell a week ago. when is this going to heal? He wants my on OXY! not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have now used up 5 days of sick and already had vaca, planned for the rest of the year.
Ugggg

Before anybody asks! I am not over weight but over 40


LONG fucking time depending on the break. I was in a rearend accident while in HS and cracked some stuff around my sternum (thanks Ford Escort automatic belt) in which I was a passenger. MFer was so tight it bent the metal around the buckle. It was a year before I could take a sharp, full breath without feeling pain.
LoganSackett  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 6:15:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By 17Z:
Yep..expect substantial pain for a couple weeks..tapering off after that...probably a couple months or so of pain...if you don't get re-buggered.

No wild sex(especialy a big-un that wants to get on top)..no rodeo bronc busting/bull riding, dirtbikes, football, baseball, sports in general...no picking up heavy shit that puts a load on the frame(transmissions, cylinder heads, case of 7.62nato, etc)...no doing much of anything for awhile.





Take this one seriously. Please.
Foxxz  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 6:25:48 PM EST
Bruised some ribs. Hurt for about 4 weeks. Yawning, laughing, sneezing. All incredibly painful.


-Foxxz
chrome1  [Life Member]
12/22/2010 6:28:49 PM EST
Broke a rib 2 years ago at 48 . Took about 6 weeks to get to the point where it didn't hurt
if something hit the area , but even now 2 years later I can still get a twinge of pain if I flex
that side of my rib cage just right
TheOtherDave  [Member]
12/22/2010 6:41:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By Sique:
If you were under 40 it would have healed by now. Over 40 and it will start to feel better in a few years.



Depends on how active you are. I broke three while laid off and reading electric meters to make ends meet. We were paid by the route, not the hour, so if I didn't finish my routes I didn't get paid.

It took 6 months, and I have a lump on each rib where it healed.
cubanchurchill  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 6:51:24 PM EST
A long time. Even longer when you think it healed and your bench pressing and hear a crunch- not good..
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